TJ's Take on Week 9
Updated: November 6, 2005, 10:05 PM ETBy Tom Jackson | Special to ESPN.com
Editor's note: After taking stock of the NFL for the first nine weeks, TJ's Take will be returning for the rest of the season.
Here's my quick review of everything we saw in Week 9 of the 2005 NFL season:
|TJ's Top 10|
|1. Colts||8-0||Colts got it done in game of the year at Foxborough.|
|2. Broncos||6-2||A week off for one of the league's surging teams.|
|3. Panthers||6-2||Stephen Davis and Steve Smith are a lethal combination.|
|4. Falcons||6-2||Michael Vick found his passing touch this week at Miami.|
|5. Steelers||6-2||No Big Ben, but a Batch full of plays from the defense.|
|6. Bengals||7-2||Bengals finally held Jamal Lewis under the century mark.|
|7. Giants||6-2||Took care of business against tricky Niners out by the Bay.|
|8. Seahawks||6-2||Rolled over the Cardinals for the second time this season.|
|9. Cowboys||5-3||Too many close calls but back after a rough 2004.|
|10. Chargers||5-4||The always interesting Bolts held on for dear life vs. the Jets.|
Offensive player of the week
Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson. Ran for 107 yards and three touchdowns, plus caught a 25-yard score as the Bolts hung on against the Jets, 31-26.
Defensive player of the week
Panthers CB Chris Gamble. Totaled four tackles, knocked down three passes and grabbed a pair of interceptions, returning one of those thefts 61 yards for a score in Carolina's 34-14 win at Tampa Bay.
Coaching move of the Week
Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil. On the final play of regulation, he sent running back Larry Johnson over the pile for the game-winning touchdown as Kansas City edged Oakland, 27-23.
The Eagles (at Washington Sunday night) will be on their second leg of their 3-game streak vs. NFC East rivals (vs. Dallas Monday night).
Tom Jackson is an NFL analyst for ESPN.
Tom Jackson, a standout linebacker for the Denver Broncos for 14 years, joined ESPN as its NFL studio analyst in 1987 for the launch of the network's NFL game coverage. Twenty-four years later, Jackson -- the 2009 Sports Emmy award recipient in the Outstanding Studio Analyst category -- remains one of sports television's foremost pro football analysts, drawing experience from both his Hall of Fame playing career and his more than two decades in broadcasting.
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